Series on Jude, The Examples of the Enemy, v.5-9 Title: Bad Dreams

Introduction


As we saw last week Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ is boldly warning us of the fact that we are never safe from ungodly men secretly slipping in and undermining the gospel of God's grace. Therefore we must contend for the faith. The key idea in our text today is remembering, being reminded of past examples of this. Jude gives us three examples in verses 5-7, Though you already know all this, I want to remind you that the Lord delivered his people out of Egypt, but later destroyed those who did not believe.  And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their own home—these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great day.  In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion . They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire. The examples include God's people, but they are not limited to this. In other words we should learn that you cannot fight deceit and falsehood on only one front. The battle is not only in the church, but for the church in the world. As we contend for the faith in the world we contend for the faith in the Church. Because, if the lies of Satan in the world go unchallenged, we will eventually find them in the bosom of the Church itself. The three examples given suggest to me the failure of three philsophies of life. These are three of the primary answers an unbelieving world gives to our human situation. Nobody can deny we have problems,but the world suggests that the answers lie within our own power. I suggest to you that the three things refuted here, as an answer to our quandary, are education, environment, and expression.

I Education


The children of Israel were  delivered from Egypt by God's mighty hand and stretched out arm. In the wilderness, moving toward the land of promise, they murmured and complained and then failed to go up and possess the land. God judged them, and a whole generation perished in the wilderness. They blamed Moses for leading them out of Egypt and wanted to go back. Korah, Dathan and Abiram became insolent and led a rebellion, even Miriam and Aaron opposed Moses. In numbers 21:4 we read of another rebellion that led to the plague of poisonous snakes. The focus of their discontent continually terminated on Moses. If we only had a qualified leader! The human heart is sinfully predisposed to grasp at messianic solutions,that is, false messiahs about which the Bible warns. Our heroes continually disappoint us, but we keep on thinking that all we need is another hero. In Jesus’ day He warned about false messiahs. And, we think always that the educated, the brilliant, the honored will be able to lead us out of our sad state of affairs. We should note that John warns us in I John 2:18,19 Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. this is how we know it is the last hour.   They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us, for if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us. I'm all for education, but the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. it is the delusion that education alone, in other words,the man who is the right product of our educational system will finally be our answer. Curiously Christianity has been repeatedly undermined first of all in the university where people think they are wiser than God. Remember the first apostles were despised by the religious leaders of their time because they said they were ignorant and uneducated men. The only answer is the one true messiah, Jesus Christ,for he said in John 14:6. I am the way and the truth and the life, no one comes to the father except through me. The only way we can be delivered is through his atoning death. The problem of sin is not dealt with by human effort, but by the shedding of the blood of the Son of God. I John 1:7,9 says, But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin.
If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.   If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.


II Environment


In a similar vein we are surrounded by theories and by legislation which presuppose that if we can change the environment we can change human nature. No one can deny that crime and degradation are profoundly affected by the environment, and we ought to try to improve those conditions in which people are forced to live, but this is not the cause of sin. This is amply illustrated by Jude’s second illustration. He speaks of the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their own home. Dear friends, sin did not begin in a ghetto. it began in heaven and then was repeated on earth in the idyllic Eden. Sin was born in the best of all environments. We acknowledge that this is a mystery, but it is a fact. The church must never lose sight of the fact that it is the gospel that changes men and thus society. If we dilute or adulterate that truth all hope is lost. This has happened over and over again in history.

III Expression

Sigmund Freud and the psycho-therapists have made their mark on our culture probably more than they ever dreamed. They have converted a society to the myth that self-expression,getting rid of our repressions,and not holding anything in, is healthy.Thus we have the sexual revolution, the destruction of the traditional family, the confusion of gender roles, the open approval of homosexuality, the affirmation of all sorts of licentious behavior as right and proper, and the profusion of pornography. Free expression is the myth exploded by Jude's third illustration. He speaks of Sodom and Gomorrah where free expression was their philosophy, and of how God judged those cities of the plain and wiped them off the face of the earth. What I want us to see most of all today, is the constant subtle bombardment of our minds with these false philsophies. They very easily creep into the Church and this is Jude's point. These bad dreams are doomed. Only the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ will stand.

Conclusion

Jude closes with an allusion to an incident at the death of
 Moses in verses 8 and 9, In the very same way, these dreamers pollute their own bodies, reject authority, and slander celestial beings.  But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not dare to bring a slanderous accusation against him, but said, “the Lord rebuke you!” This is not recorded in the Old Testament but we have the inspired New Testament certification that this actually happened.The point is that the archangel Michael, the one spoken of in the book of Daniel as the protector of Israel did not in an extreme confrontation with evil speak as these people speak. He did not slander the way they slander. These dreamers pollute their own bodies like the people in Sodom and Gomorah, reject authority like the angels that rebelled, and speak evil of that which is glorious as did the israelites in the wilderness in their murmuring. verse 4, For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. they are godless men, who change the grace of our god into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. The danger is clear.They bring these bad dreams into the church. We need to see that being intellectually respectable, or politically correct is a bad dream. God has made the wisdom of the world foolish by the foolishness of preaching Christ crucified.  I Corinthians 20-25 says, Where is the wise man? where is the scholar? where is the philosopher of this age? has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?   For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know Him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.   Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom,  but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to gentiles,  But to those whom god has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.  For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength. Therefore says Jude, contend earnestly for the old book, the old gospel, and the only hope.